I’m so jealous. I was in NOLA about the second week of March last year. You may remember this as the week that the horrors of the pandemic began to unfold. There was speculation they might have to cancel some NBA games for covid and the toilet paper shortage developed. Anyway, my companions and I had an amazing trip just as stuff was shutting down.
Main rec: the World War 2 museum was amazing. If you’re at all interested in this conflict, you have to go.
Second main: The aquarium. It was great. The seahorse nursery and luminous jellyfish were very cool and I enjoyed the penguin feeding live commentary.
We had no bad meals but some bites were unforgettable.
First was the grilled oysters from Felix’s. If you’re ok with oysters (and I understand some aren’t), you must get these from one of the better known places. I was all but licking the plate and I confess sucking shells.
Second, a muffuletta from Central Grocery is pretty much mandatory. It’s worth the hype. I bought three full sandwiches (clocking in at $70+) but the four of us got like three meals from them. For just two, I’d buy a half a half, unless you wanted more than one meal. I could never finish an entire quarter sandwich. They’re superb.
Third, seek a debris roast beef po’ boy. I enjoyed the seafood po’ boys but loved the super wet debris version I got from a place pretty far outside NO (in Houma). I doubt that place was a great rendition overall but it was amazing and there are probably even better joints closer to NOLA. It’s super messy, bring a change of clothes and a raincoat, lol. It really reminded me of my beloved Chicago-style Italian beef which is a huge compliment.